I really dislike hand sewing so these dolls should have had me running in the opposite direction. But I fell for them in a hard way and just had to make one. I ended up making two, a bride and groom pair to celebrate my parent's forty something wedding anniversary.
The instructions are very good for a complete novice doll maker like me. I had no problems putting the doll together. I made the "bride" first exactly as instructed. The only bumpy bit was there was no instructions for sewing on the belt for the dress but it was easy enough to figure it out for myself. I did "cheat" and do the backstitch on the sewing machine! After the bride, I felt confident enough to tackle the groom. The doll itself is made the same as the bride but I adjusted (fudged) the hair to look more like my dad's on his wedding day. My dad also wore a morning suit so I drafted a pair of trousers and a kinda morning suit waistcoat as I didn't have enough fabric to complete a jacket.
For me, hand sewing the faces on, gave me the dry mouthed horrors. I kept thinking of ways around it, draw it on?, leave off completely?, before taking the plunge and sewing them on. The instructions give you a detail diagram on the type of stitches to use but not how to sew those stitches. You'll need another reference for that. I just jumped in a started sewing. I'm glad I did sew them on because it didn't take long and it suits the look of the doll.
My parents loved the dolls and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of sewing them.